Oberg Industries’ tucked away buildings in Freeport, Pennsylvania are easy to miss. But inside the nondescript structures are tidy rows of machinery worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each. In one department, refrigerator-sized electric discharge machines, which cut metal using wire, sizzle away like cooking bacon. In another, workers operate manual machines. In one room a worker runs quality assurance using a high-tech instrument.

Oberg makes really precise parts for other companies, in everything from medicine, to defense, energy, and aerospace markets. It has been growing rapidly, but Bryan Powell, who works in human resources, said the company has one major challenge: staffing. That includes machinists and operators of computer controlled machines, as well as other advanced manufacturing workers.

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